Each whānau group has students from Year 0 to 8 and has been set up to embrace tuakana – teina relationships to encourage older children to care for our younger ones and to occasionally assist in their learning activities and for younger tamariki to accept the guidance of their older peers. The students stick with their whānau group throughout their time here at Maungakaramea School. We see this as creating a strong learning-focused link between school, students and family. We love the essence that each whānau group has created to make our tamariki feel a sense of pride and belonging to our school and supported by their peers throughout their learning journey. The atmosphere that is created during our athletics, house days, whole school play day and other whānau events comes with tradition and the excitement of winning the House Shield at the end of each year.